Rafael Nadal is training hard to be able to compete again in peak physical shape for the upcoming clay-season. The 22 times Slam champion posted a revealing image of him on his Twitter account. In the image, Nadal is training under blue skies on his beloved clay, preparing to release his super left-handed forehand.
It is not clear if the Spaniard should be able to play at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters already but, of course, his big goal will be the Roland Garros 2023.
ðªð» pic.twitter.com/n48qhHR7Jp — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 28, 2023
Toni Nadal on his nephew Rafa
From June 24th to July 1st, tennis will stop in Majorca for the Mallorca Championschips, a tournament on grass that prepares, among others, for the great event of Wimbledon.
During the press conference to present the tournament, CEO Toni Nadal talked again about his nephew and his former player Rafa. The twenty-two times Grand Slam champion is preparing his return, after the injury suffered at the Australian Open, scheduled for the red clay of Monte-Carlo.
Toni said: “I saw Rafael training the other day and he’s at a good level, then we’ll see in matches, since maybe he lacks a bit of pace. In the last six months he’s competed very little and that always counts, even though he’s always been a player who picked up the thread very quickly.” In the Principality of Monaco, the Spanish number two will participate as a player who resides outside the top 10: presence in the top seeds, however, should still be ensured.
In an interview with MARCA, Toni Nadal spoke about the upcoming French Open, indicating three favorites for the final victory of the second Grand Slam title of the season: “The favorites at Roland Garros will be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Alcaraz has already reached a very high level and continues to improve. I think the fight to win Roland Garros will be between him, Djokovic and Nadal. We will have a great champion in Spain for many years.” In the press conference, he returned to talking about Roland Garros, adding two names to the list: “Stefanos Tsitsípas played in a final in which he was beaten by Novak who recovered from two sets down.
It will also be necessary to see if Alexander Zverev catches the wave, who also plays very well, but the three main candidates are Alcaraz, Djokovic and Rafael.”
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